Garmin VIRB Elite $399.99
All of your metrics on one video.
If you've been torn between the standard Garmin VIRB and the VIRB Elite, know that you're not alone. After all, we're basically talking about the smartest action-camera on the market. However, if you need to add Wi-Fi connectivity and high-sensitivity GPS to the mix of 1080p HD video and16 megapixel still photography, the Elite is for you.
You heard all of that correctly, but like all things Garmin, there's way more between the lines. Sure, ranking at the top of the list, the VIRB captures jaw-dropping HD video quality. However, it's even more impressive that it shoots 1080p HD quality while also allowing resolution speed adjustments for dramatic slow-motion captures up to 120fps. In fact, the VIRB features the following HD video modes: 1080p@30fps, 960p@48fps, 720p@30/60fps, and 848x480@120fps. Impressed?
Well, there's more. All of this is recorded through Garmin's new WideVu lens, which lends itself perfectly to expansive shots in either video or still mode. And once in still mode, you're able to shoot up to 16 megapixel shots with Garmin's CMOS image processor. Or, if you’re aiming to conserve room on the card, you're also able to shoot at 12 or 8 megapixels in either single-shot, photo burst, or time lapse intervals.
And once you're through with your shots or video, Garmin enabled you to immediately watch it through the VIRB's 1.4-inch Chroma display. Even better, this display also doubles as your interface to the camera's menu. Further increasing the user-experience and functionality, Garmin also included an instant-record slider on the side of the camera. This way, you'll always know when the camera is rolling, and that you got the shot.
It's pretty evident that Garmin put the user first with the VIRB, but high quality recording isn't exactly an exclusive trait. However, the VIRB's ANT+ wireless connectivity certainly is. Essentially, this means that you're able to sync your Garmin Edge CPU with the camera. By doing so, you're able to use your cycling computer as a remote control — Garmin will have a dedicated remote out later this year. And when it's time to get editing, the sync between your Edge and the VIRB means that the included VIRB EDIT software is able to automatically match your ride metrics to your video. So, sharing your metrics like your speed, cadence, and heart rate is easier than ever.
Differentiating the Elite from the standard VIRB is the addition of high-sensitivity GPS. And in case you wondering, this does include accelerometer and altimeter functionality. Additionally, the Elite features Wi-Fi connectivity, making it compatible with Garmin's smartphone app.
As for the body of the camera, the VIRB benefits from Garmin's IPX7 construction. This body is incredibly durable, aerodynamic, and most importantly, waterproof. At the battery, the VIRB features a rechargeable 2000mAh lithium-ion power source that's capable of recording up to three hours of 1080p video on a single charge.
The Garmin VIRB Elite ships with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, cradle, short link, right angle link, mount-adapter, flat surface mount, curved surface mount, removable flange base, threaded collar, three knobs, a USB cable, and a user guide.
Reviews & Community
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I had expected much more from Garmin. Though this is the 1st generator Virb, there are enough camera's out there to get an idea of what users would desire. The design is great, it addressed many issues a cyclist would want in a camera, such as a top mounted LCS display (the GoPro has a forward mounted display, which is useless if you want to watch battery life etc). However the issues begin once the unit is turned ON. There is a lag between input and output of video, this can cause the display to glitch at times. The unit also freezes up at times. Once you get to know the quirks, you can get around them, but many times it requires a restart. The dashboard is a disappointment, as I'd have hoped to choose what I wanted displayed on the screen and to be able to choose where that location would be... as the display fields are on the Edge. I realize that power sensors wasn't one of the types of data this unit would pick up, but seriously, I'd put up with a lot from this unit, if it had the ability to sense my power meter. But given the issues I've had, and amount of hair I've lost in frustration, I will be sending my unit back. Maybe by the second or third generation they will have improved the software and processor speed to meet demanding expectations. I'll stick with my GoPro3+ until then... I had really hoped this would have been a good replacement, but alas this unit has far to go before I try testing out another Garmin camera.
Camera freezes constantly
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The camera captures high quality video and images. However, it is suffering from constant freezes. I have tried various class 10 micro SD cards to no avail. Perhaps i have a faulty device. I have contacted Garmin for support and hopefully they will come up with a solution.
Hi i wanth to use the garmin virb only...
Hi i wanth to use the garmin virb only has a photographic camera tua goes in very shadow water ,did any body test his quality??? thank's
Garmin VIRB ELITE Sample Footage
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